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Navy Announces January’s Active and FTS E-7 Exam Details


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For the second year, the service will keep COVID-19 protocols in place for E-7 advancement testing, allowing commands to administer exams during a testing window from 17-28 January 2022. The guidance was released in NAVADMIN 236/21 on Oct. 25.

The Chief of Naval Personnel has announced the January 2022 (Cycle 254) E-7 Navy-wide advancement examination for active-duty and Reserve Full-Time Support Sailors. 

For the second year, the service will keep COVID-19 protocols in place, allowing commands to administer exams during a testing window from 17-28 January 2022. The guidance was released in NAVADMIN 236/21 on Oct. 25. 

“This testing window will allow for smaller groups of test takers to ensure adequate social distancing can be maintained between testers at testing facilities, while maintaining the high standards and continued culture of learning that drive our enlisted advancement system,” said Vice Adm. John B. Nowell, Jr., the Chief of Naval Personnel.

The message gives key dates and requirements for eligibility leading up to exam administration only. Details about the selection board itself will be released in a separate message in the coming months. 

E-6’s planning to take the exam must have completed their Professional Military Knowledge - Eligibility Exam (PMK-EE) by Nov. 30.  

This test only has to be completed once, meaning if it was completed for a previous cycle, you should be good to go. However, a good rule of thumb is to check your records and ensure the documentation is there.  

To be eligible to sit for the exam, Sailors must have three years of time in rate (TIR). The terminal eligibility date used to compute this time for the exam is Jan. 1, 2023, making the minimum time in rate date on or before Jan. 1, 2020. 

The only exceptions to this is when commanding officers or officers in charge approve early promote Sailors to take the exam a year early. 

Educational Services Officers must verify TIR eligibility lists on the Navy Enlisted Advancement System website. Initial TIR lists will be available through Oct. 31 and supplemental TIR lists from Nov. 1 through Nov. 28.

Sailors at or above high-year tenure must have a waiver that will be effective Sept. 1, 2022, and must be approved by Jan. 20, 2022.

Many ratings require a security clearance for all Sailors and a complete list is available in the NAVADMIN.  

Sailors in these skills must have a favorable investigation adjudication by the Department of Defense Consolidated Adjudication Facility reflected in the Defense Information System for Security (DISS) prior to Jan. 1.

For further NEAS information, to include exam verbatim and other related documents, visit MNP at https://www.mnp.navy.mil/group/advancement-and-promotion/command-information.

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